John Cena recently took the time to meet with a young fan who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed.
According to the WWE, Misha is a non-verbal 19-year-old with Down Syndrome. When his home in Mariupol was destroyed, Misha’s mom, Liana, encouraged him throughout their journey across Europe by telling him they were on their way to find Cena.
After hearing about their plight, Cena traveled to a residence outside Amsterdam where the refugees had been staying.
“When I read about Misha’s story, it reached out to me — not just Misha’s story, but the story of Misha’s mom as well,” Cena says in the video. “Having three days off from work right at the time when I read this story, and being an hour away by air, it turned immediately into, ‘We’re going.’”
Cena gifted Misha with a WWE championship belt and shirts with his signature phrase, “Never Give Up.”
“Misha’s ability to embrace persistence is extraordinary,” Cena shares in the video.
At the end of the visit, Liana, told Cena through a translator, “John, thank you. You have a big heart.”
Following their meeting, the star tweeted, “What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. Misha and his mother, Liana, define #NeverGiveUp.”
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. Misha and his mother, Liana define #NeverGiveUp.
Thank you to the @WSJ and @WWE who helped make this special visit possible. https://t.co/RpriCvjN3K
— John Cena (@JohnCena) June 7, 2022
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